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**Sorry about the bad photo – it was one of those nights where I just wanted to eat and didn’t want to bother with trying for a good photo!!

I’ll admit that I didn’t really know a lot of things about food before I started blogging. I still don’t know a lot about food, but this has been a learning journey. One thing I had never heard of before, but quickly learned is a favorite out there – is quinoa. I saw it being used in recipes, and everyone talked so highly of it, so naturally I started looking for it. And I looked, and I looked, and I looked. It actually took me several months until I stopped in at a store I had not been to before where I finally found this elusive grain.

So I bought some. But then it was a bit daunting when I read the package and it said that the grains must be cleaned first to remove it’s bitter, resin-like coating. I wasn’t quite sure how to do this, so I rinsed it through a dish towel (my version of a cheesecloth!) which worked, but the quinoa became a bit sticky and when I tried to put it in a pan to cook it, I lost a lot of it to the dishtowel that was holding on for dear life. Then I cooked it – and I love it!! I can see why this grain (or more accurately a seed) has been gracing the tables of so many people. Not only is it super healthy, but I really enjoyed the taste as well.

I didn’t really use a recipe, more of a guideline like Brilynn did. I just threw in some halved grape tomatoes, zucchini, red and green onion, avocado, olive oil and red wine vinegar. We had it as a side dish one night, and I gladly ate the remainder for lunch the next day. So, if you haven’t given it a try yet, go out and find some – it’s worthy of all the hype!

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10 Responses to Quinoa Salad

  1. eatme_delicious says:

    Looks good! I don’t remember rinsing it before cooking it though. I’ve only cooked quinoa once and keep meaning to get more but haven’t yet. Apparently it’s also a source of calcium! I just found your blog through Technicolor Kitchen, and reading your profile about how you rarely make the same thing twice because there are too many to try definitely echoes with me.

  2. Nirmala says:

    I love quinoa. It’s so good. Your dish looks yummy.

  3. Kevin says:

    I have never had quinoa but that looks really tasty. I am going to have to look for some quinoa at the grocery store this weekend.

  4. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I think the photo is really good! And the food too. 🙂

  5. Poonam says:

    Deb, It looks yummy!

  6. Aimée says:

    You know what, that looks really really great. Don’t apologize! It’s nice to see an original salad and I love quinoa.

  7. Kelly-Jane says:

    Looks really lovely, all the pretty colours 🙂

  8. kellypea says:

    OMG. I remember the first time I made quinoa, the exact thing happened with the dishtowel. Hilarious. I love it, too, and enjoy it for breakfast occasionally. It’s a bit like oatmeal to me…

  9. kellypea says:

    Oops…I forgot to say that I tagged you. It’s all Elle’s fault =). Check it out!

  10. Rose says:

    Yum! 🙂

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